Pudney claims victory in Norfolk PGA pro-am at Swaffham Golf Club
PUBLISHED: 19:06 15 May 2018
Swaffham Golf Club staged Norfolk PGA's fourth pro-am of the year last week, with Ryan Pudney claiming a narrow victory.
Eighteen teams competed in the event, which was held in bright sunshine, although a stiff wind made it a real challenge for professionals and amateurs alike.
Pudney, back playing under the Mundesley Golf Club label, managed a level par 71 - and that proved just enough to land the professionals’ spoils.
Close on his heels was Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) who with the aid of an eagle on the 11th shot a 72 which was one better than Caroline Grady (Bawburgh Family Golf).
Gardner’s points tally from the comepetition lifted him to the top of the Order of Merit table but he is just two points ahead of Pudney, having played fewer events.
Ross Hudson (Wensum Valley) brought home the winning team with a magnificent 18 under par and eight shots ahead of their nearest challengers.
Nearest the pins were John Gaskin on the third and Mick Baxter on the 16th.
Teams: 124 Ross Hudson and Steve Palmer, 132 (ocb) Joe Lambert and Scott Sealy, Tyler Crosby and Steve Morris, 132 (ocb) Matthew Gardner and Steve Lane, Les Gardner and Richard Phillips.
Professionals: 71 Ryan Pudney, 72 Matthew Gardner, 73 Caroline Grady, 74 Ross Hudson and Nick Lucas (Dunston Hall).
PGA Norfolk Order of Merit (after four events): Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) 18, Ryan Pudney (Mundesley) 16, Ross Hudson (Wensum Valley) 13, Nic Cains (Swaffham) 12.5.
Meanwhile Richmond Park Ladies held a charity competition in aid of The Wayland Memory Cafe.
The winners were Margaret Broadbent, Ann Achilles and Annie Long with a score of 63 points while in second place were Eileen Chard, Hilda Whitmarsh and Carol Marshall.
The prize for nearest the pin on the sixth was won by Margaret Broadbent and nearest the pin on the 17th was won by Jeanette Fowler.
The prizes were sponsored by Holmwood House Care Home, Swaffham and presented by Rosie Sutterby, the event organiser, with £125 being raised.
The Wayland Memory Cafe meets on the first and third Tuesday mornings of each month (10am-12 noon) at the Christian Community Centre in Watton High Street.